Girls tennis academic all-state team announced

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With regular-season and championship events canceled for the remainder of the year, the LHSAA has released All-Academic teams, usually honored at state championship events.

The girls tennis All-Academic composite team includes more than a dozen seniors from the metro area, with four schools represented by two student-athletes: Chalmette’s Sarah Borne and Cindy Solis, Ben Franklin’s Olympia Pia Baldwin Edwards and Emily Smither, Ponchatoula’s Jena Anderson and Anna Becnel and St. Thomas Aquinas’ Kylie Baudean and Darah Haidet.

Other area products named to the team include Darbie Tullier of John Curtis Christian, Maggie Tilyou of Hammond, Mary-Grace Foster of Lusher, Kale Wellons of Newman, Caroline Cross of Pope John Paul, Grace Songy of Slidell, Addison Duet of South Lafourche and Samantha Rhodes of Terrebonne.

To qualify for the All-Academic composite team, student-athletes must have a non-weighted 4.0 grade point average for their high school careers. The LHSAA also selects All-Academic class teams in each sport, which honors seniors with at least a 3.5 GPA.

Elise Regard, Sacred Heart-G.C.
Caroline Roth, Sacred Heart-G.C.
Emily Cox, Benton
Madeline Bourgeois, Berwick
Emma Turner, C.E. Byrd
Rachel Meredith, Caldwell Parish
Ashley Daigle, Central Catholic
Sarah Borne, Chalmette
Cindy Solis, Chalmette
Alexandra Coughlin, Christ Episcopal
Darbie Tullier, John Curtis Christian
Melisse Speligene, East Ascension
Hannah Kitakule, Episcopal of Acadiana
Caroline Andrus, Eunice
Megan Fontenot, Eunice
Olympia Pia Baldwin Edwards, Ben Franklin
Emily Smither, Ben Franklin
Maggie Tilyou, Hammond
Kenedei Beard, Hathaway
Tori Oswalt, Haughton
Faith Leglue, Holy Savior Menard
Olivia Marzullo, Holy Savior Menard
Peyton Sampey, Holy Savior Menard
Savannah Sues, Holy Savior Menard
Isabel Shamsie, Sam Houston
Katelyn Ratcliff, Jena
Madeline Futch, Jennings
Hazel Eroy, Lafayette
Isabel Trahan, Lafayette
Georgia Carmody, Loyola Prep
Chloe Dean, Loyola Prep
Mary Rose Desautels, Loyola Prep
Mary-Grace Foster, Lusher Charter
Caroline Graham, Neville
Kate Wellons, Isidore Newman
Jenna Mason, North Caddo
Laney McEachern, North Webster
Carley Nail, North Webster
McKinley Sherman, Parkview Baptist
Paula Jordan, Parkway
Jena Anderson, Ponchatoula
Anna Becnel, Ponchatoula
Caroline Cross, Pope John Paul
Kailee Carter, Quitman
Ashton Thomas, Quitman
Catherine Bonaventure, Runnels
Sarah Doxey, Ruston
Grace Songy, Slidell
Addison Duet, South Lafourche
Brianna Bertrand, St. Edmund
Frances Barham, St. Frederick
Bronwen Maddox, St. Frederick
Maggie Bruchhaus, St. Louis
Emily Maggio, St. Mary’s
Mary Anna Scruggs, St. Mary’s
Kylie Baudean, St. Thomas Aquinas
Darah Haidet, St. Thomas Aquinas
Amelia Hebert, St. Thomas More
Emma-Grace Brister, Sterlington
Olivia Reeves, Sulphur
Samantha Rhodes, Terrebonne
Abby Leger, Teurlings Catholic
Firdaous Ningbinnin Thibodaux
Victoria Boyle, Walker
Sophie Gresh, West Ouachita
Ava Baudouin, Zachary

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Lenny Vangilder


Lenny was involved in college athletics starting in the early 1980s, when he began working Tulane University sporting events while still attending Archbishop Rummel High School. He continued that relationship as a student at Loyola University, where he graduated in 1987. For the next 11 years, Vangilder worked in the sports information offices at Southwestern Louisiana (now UL-Lafayette) and Tulane;…

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